Healthier Eating to Get More Expensive
Already there are complaints that servings of fresh fruits and vegetables, as recommended for a healthy diet, are more expensive than other less healthful foods. The Wall Street Journal reported this week on an Arizona State University’s study of price increases due to the three year drought in California.
In fact, grocery prices are already up. They rose 0.5 percent for the second straight month in March, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s consumer price index. The CPI reported the highest jump in at-home food prices since 2011. Fruit and vegetable prices were up 0.9 percent in March, following a 1.1 percent gain in February.
The researchers say that price increases may be somewhat temporary, even as the drought is not expected to be resolved soon, as farmers in states outside California and overseas produce more fruits and vegetables for U.S. consumption.